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Old 03-17-2017, 11:08 AM
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Portfolios for prospective children's book/magazine illustrators

I am wondering what is the best sort of portfolio/tearsheet/brochure to send to art directors for children's books or magazines. There is a specific magazine I would like to contact, which does not accept e-mail inquiries (just regular mail) and requests postcards, brochures, etc. instead. I know one should keep it short and sweet, but, should I be including small samples of related artwork (ie, 2-3 illustrations that depict the same story or characters), or just 2-3 examples of unrelated illustrations?
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:45 AM
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Re: Portfolios for prospective children's book/magazine illustrators

Hi Flopka,

Everyone has their own submission guidelines. If you want the specific guidelines for a company, email and ask. We have a book in the UK called the Writers and Artists Year Book which contains all of this info. There may be something similar in the US.

The people who will look at your work generally like to see a few pieces (copies, not originals) to see if you have a style that is shown throughout and also what you can do. You might be great at animals but terrible at humans so an art director will want to see what range you have too.

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Old 03-22-2017, 01:04 PM
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Re: Portfolios for prospective children's book/magazine illustrators

You might also consider asking in the General Art Business Forum.
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